Smoke rises from the ashes of a West Philadelphia neighborhood in this May 14, 1985 photo, the morning after a siege between Philadelphia police and members of the radical group MOVE left 11 people dead and 61 homes destroyed. Nearly 20 years after police bombed the headquarters of the militant group, a federal jury on Monday, April 11, 2005, awarded $530,000 apiece to 24 homeowners who were suing the city over the fatal bombing and failed attempts to rebuild. (Peter Morgan/AP)
HIPLADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia is once again attempting to rebuild the neighborhood that was devastated when police dropped a bomb on a rowhome occupied by the radical group MOVE more than three decades ago.
KYW-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2eIohLh ) the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority put out a request for proposals from developers on Wednesday for the rehabilitation of 36 houses in the city’s Cobbs Creek section.
The homes were damaged in May 1985 after police dropped a bomb on the Osage Avenue home that served as MOVE’s headquarters. Then-mayor Wilson Goode and police officials considered the group a terrorist organization.
Sixty-one area residences were destroyed and poorly rebuilt. The city bought some homes back, but many remain vacant.
Housing officials say the site presents considerable challenges, but the city is committed to its revitalization.